The Ministry of Education (MoE) of Malaysia is establishing a University Consortium to combat fraud by using blockchain, the ministry announced in a Tweet November 8th.
According to the tweet of the ministry, the system is designed to issue and verify the authenticity of the diplomas issued by the university. The new consortium supported by the government will initially be made up of six public universities and their diploma verification system is set up to operate using the NEM blockchain (XEM). According to the ministry, the new system was developed by a group led by a professor of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).
According to a local media report, the idea of the consortium was proposed by the Ministry to preserve the reputation and integrity of the universities of Malaysia, to protect the rights of students, as well as to promote the technology of the distributed ledger (DLT).
The MoE has commented to the media that the main purpose of the consortium is to "spread the skills training", as well as to develop and adopt the technology by students and academics. In the long run, the ministry said it is also studying the development of what are called "industry standard" blockchain solutions that could potentially generate revenue for the universities associated with the consortium.
Recently, a state-backed Russian university announced that it would file the blockchain diploma data, claiming that the institution has already registered information on "all the diplomas awarded in the last ten years" using the DLT.
In October of last year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) became the first university in the world to award digital degrees by implementing blockchain technology.